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Felicity Woolsey

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Couple Therapy Gravesend

 

Hello my name is Felicity and I’m a fully qualified Person-Centred Humanistic Therapist for couples and individuals based at Relationship Counselling Gravesend practice. I’m a registered member of the BACP (British Association Counsellors and Psychotherapy.

Being a Humanistic/Client Centered therapist means I take that view that every individual is the expert in finding answers to their own problems. However, I will be there to guide/support/direct accordingly, every step of the way.

My work with couples involves working on improving the communication between you. Helping to you to really listen to and try and understand each other’s perspective. This doesn’t mean that you necessarily have to like or even agree to each other’s point of view. However, by understanding them, goes a very long way in removing any hurt, resentment or anger that might have been building up over a period of time

At the beginning of the first session, I will ask you both what you hope to achieve through having relationship counselling. Whether you are looking for help to make your relationship work better, or if you are looking for help to separate more amicably. Perhaps you are looking for clarity as to which direction you would like the relationship to take. I will help you achieve that.

My role as a couple counsellor is not to “fix” you, your partner or your relational issues. Instead, I will be there to guide and support you during the relationship counselling process. My aim is to help you improve communication in order to understand each other on a much deeper level. We will work together, to try and resolve the issues in your relationship. That way, you can move forward more positively – in whichever way you choose.

I fully understand that a ‘one size fits all approach’ does NOT suit every individual or couple’s unique situation. Therefore, I will always take this into account during our sessions.

As a humanistic therapist, I use different approaches when working with couples and individuals, depending on each situation and needs. This might include cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), DBT (Dialectical behaviour therapy), humanistic therapy and solution-focused therapy. I will gently encourage you to learn to take on feedback from your partner and look for solutions. Reminding you that couples are a team and it takes compromise, trust and respect to build and maintain a healthy, happy relationship.

I do also offer some couples individual therapy, if required and if they decide it would be of benefit. This is because there are times when an individual’s issues can be brought into the current relationship. Therefore, it’s helpful to identify triggers and what changes are required to move forward more positively.

Ethical standards –  As a registered member of BACP I adhere to their ethical guidelines, ongoing supervision and CPD (continual professional development) to ensure the service I provide the best possible service to my clients. I have an enhanced DBS certificate and hold full professional indemnity insurance.

Qualifications

  • Level 4 diploma – Humanistic Counselling [Including modalities in, bereavement, anxiety, CBT, couples’ therapy and Gestalt Therapy.
  • Level 2 and 3 Certificate – Counselling Studies
  • NVQ 3 – Health and Social Care with young people
  • Group therapies on mental health wards this consisted of DBT dialectical behavioural therapy to treat BPD/EUPD [Borderline personality disorder]
  • Continual professional development – Working in rehabilitation for substance misuse
  • Continual professional development – Supporting young people through grief and loss
  • Continual professional development – Safeguarding for adults and young people

Background/Experience

Prior to training as a therapist, I worked in children’s homes and respite units for young people aged 5-18 years old. My role was to provide young people with therapeutic support to help them overcome difficult emotions and provide a safe environment both mentally and physically.

I also have experience working in mental health, forensic wards and CAHMS wards, supporting individuals with complex mental health issue, emotions and trauma.

My work has also involved rehabilitation for addiction/substance misuse. This included group therapy and support to create a new life for themselves.

How I can help you

  • Couples I have seen previously told me they found me warm, down to earth, friendly and approachable.
  • I provide a safe non-judgemental and confidential space so hopefully you will feel comfortable enough to open up and express your thought, feelings and needs.
  • We will work together to help you create more effective communication between you, which includes honing better listening skills. If agreed I may set you some homework between sessions, such as setting goals/things to work on before our next session. This is beneficial in identifying any positive improvements and figuring out what is working and what requires more attention
  • I will provide you with the right tools that will help you manage potential conflict and provide solutions.
  • We will work on exploring each other’s trigger points and identify ways of supporting each other when either one of you are triggered.
  • I will encourage you both to set time aside to schedule important conversations and plan quality time together. This is of great importance but can easily get overlooked with busy lifestyles, work, children and so on.

Types of therapy offered

  • Couples/marriage counselling
  • LQBTQ couples’ counselling
  • Family therapy
  • Young person therapy
  • Mental health therapy [depression/anxiety/eating disorder/addiction/Autism/ADHD]
  • CBT and DBT therapy
  • Anger management therapy

If you would like to make an appointment to see Felicity for couple therapy Gravesend. Please book her via Relationship Counselling Kent today. Just click  Book With Felicity